Dean Saunders expects Liverpool to compete for Premier League title

Liverpool transfer news Alisson has completed a move to Anfield for a world-record fee

Liverpool FC has confirmed that it has completed the signing of Brazilian keeper Alisson Becker from AS Roma for a 67-million-pound ($87.2-million) transfer fee, a world record for a goalkeeper.

Since 2001, the world record transfer of a goalkeeper had been set by Gianluigi Buffon's £32.6m move from Parma to Juventus until previous year.

He has been at Roma for two years and played 37 Serie A games in 2017-18.

"In terms of my life and my career, it's a huge step for me being part of this club and this family", said the 25-year-old.

Roma said the deal for Brazil's starting goalkeeper at the World Cup in Russian Federation "could be worth up to 72.5 million euros" (NZD $125 million). Liverpool have been dogged in their pursuit of the player following the conclusion of the World Cup.

The Reds only managed a fourth-placed finish in the top flight last season, but made it all the way to the Champions League final and drew plaudits for their attacking style of football.

The whole world knew of Liverpool's goalkeeping issues as Simon Mignolet's glaring errors since Pepe Reina's departure had cost them crucial points and wins.

Alisson's unbeaten record against Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona saw him go from backup to Wojciech Szczesny in 2016-17 to one of the world's most sought-after keepers.

This signing will have massive repercussions on the transfer market as this will begin to inflate the prices of other players in the transfer market. I've seen other games where I could see the way Klopp had the team playing.

Liverpool finished a distance behind Pep Guardiola's centurions last season in the Premier League but, in the Champions League and one meeting at Anfield in January, the gap between the sides was fractional.

It is hard to divorce goalkeeping statistics from the defences they play behind, so it is not worth stewing over clean sheets or goals conceded.

That is undeniably true, and fans will soon see just how good their latest signing can be.

David de Gea (Man Utd) - 80.28%.

Finally, it seems - having been provided with undisputable evidence - clubs are starting to open their eyes to the value of the goalkeeper. "I don't think many people have realised who Alisson is", Negrisolo told newspaper "Il Romanista".

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